Everyone knows that we should eat a balanced diet, but we come across bumps in the road of life that divert our attention from ourselves and our families, and what we eat, all too often. Once in a great while is to be expected, but missing regular meals, or skipping large portions of them, can lead to a lack of vitamins and minerals over time. You as an adult need these to maintain your body, and your growing children need these nutrients to grow up healthy and strong. Without them, all age groups’ health can suffer.
There’s some newer information that you might want to know about this that will help you relax about your dietary intake.
Nutritionists used to say that every meal had to have all of the basic food groups in it, and for vegetarians and vegans, that a complete protein couldn’t be made unless all components were included in the same meal. Recently, these pieces of advice have changed.
Now, nutritionists explain that this is true for a 24 – 36 hour period of time, not the much smaller window of the past. So if you are on the run between soccer practice, a birthday party, a dentist visit, and the task of paying the utilities in person, you might want to know that your family won’t suffer just because you forgot to include a vegetable with the evening meal, and forgot to pack the kids’ snack bags with a piece of fruit the next day.
For vegans and vegetarians, those days of trying to fit all the basic aspects of a complete protein into one meal are gone. Now you can include part here in one meal, another later as a snack, and have a complete protein. There’s no reason to gorge yourself trying to fit it all into one part of the day. You don’t have to create the same meals all the time anymore, either. Your body is smart enough to store these nutrients short-term, in hopes that your body will consume the missing components.